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NHRC officer gets 7 yrs in jail for rape, deceitful marriage

A senior officer of the National Human Rights Commission, convicted for raping and deceitfully marrying a widow after concealing his first wedlock, has been awarded seven years jail by a Delhi court which observed that his “high social status” has made the offence more serious.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Virender Bhatt convicted the man, a gazetted officer of NHRC, for offences punishable under sections 376 (rape) and 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) of IPC.

“The fact that the convict is a Gazetted Officer serving in NHRC and the son of a retired Assistant Registrar of High Court makes the offence committed by him more serious. The persons like the convict are expected to exhibit a moral character of the highest degree and serve as an example in the society,” the judge said.
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